The Barbican Is Hosting a Major Exhibition on Francis Alÿs 

27th June - 1st September 2024
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London

The Barbican is hosting Ricochets, the largest exhibition on Francis Alÿs in the UK in almost 15 years. Alÿs has spent two decades travelling around the world to capture children at play, including leapfrog in Iraq and jump rope in Hong Kong, for his series ‘Children’s Games’, and this immersive show will celebrate the universality of play. As well as displaying the film installation, the first time it’s been presented in the UK, the exhibition will feature a new set of animated films depicting hand games.

Step Inside Anthony McCall's Sculptures of Light at Tate Modern

27th June 2024 - 27th April 2025
Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tate Modern is hosting an exhibition on Anthony McCall where you’ll be able to step inside his immersive light sculptures. McCall is known for his work that blurs the boundaries between film, sculpture and performance, and the Solid Light exhibition gives you a chance to experience his light installations. Beams of light are projected through a thin mist, which shift and move as people pass through the space, creating new perspectives for the viewer.

The Zanele Muholi Exhibition is Back at Tate Modern

6th June 2024 – 26th January 2025
Tate Modern, Bankside, London

After the pandemic forced this exhibition on visual activist Zanele Muholi – the first major one in the UK – to close early, Tate Modern is staging it once again. The non-binary photographer has been documenting the lives of the Black LGBTQ+ communities in South Africa for twenty years, capturing their love, empowerment and strength alongside the trauma they have often endured. The exhibition includes over 260 of Muholi’s photographs from across their career, including the self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama that explores themes of labour, sexual politics and racism. Works featured in the original 2020-2021 exhibition have been joined by new pieces produced by Muholi since then.

Rheim Alkadhi's Work Is Being Shown in the UK for the First Time at the ICA

11th June - 8th September 2024
The Mall, St. James's, London WC2N 5DU

The ICA is hosting Templates for Liberation, making it Rheim Alkadhi’s first exhibition in the UK. The show explores the consequences of war and colonialism in present-day Iraq and the surrounding region through sculptures made from tarpaulins of cross-border industrial vehicles, representing the environmental and sociopolitical violence the country experienced. The exhibition also includes a reading room filled with archival documents that reference colonial borders, resource extraction and ethnic categorisation, alongside counter-histories of rebel individuals and groups pushing back against colonial narratives.

The Summer Exhibition Returns to the Royal Academy

18th June - 18th August 2024
Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London

The RA Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the city’s artistic calendar – it’s been held every year since 1769 – and this year’s edition looks set to be another cracker. Sculptor Ann Christopher is co-ordinating this year’s show, which includes works in every possible medium from established artists, Royal Academicians and emerging talent. 

Explore the Modernist Movement in Ukraine at the Royal Academy

29th June - 13th October 2024
Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London

The Royal Academy is showcasing modernist art made in Ukraine between 1900 and the 1930s with the In the Eye of the Storm exhibition. Though empires were falling and the world was at war, art and creativity flourished in Ukraine during this period with artists like Kazymyr Malevych, Sonia Delaunay, Alexandra Exter and El Lissitzky producing bold works. The show highlights the range of styles and cultural identities being reflected in Ukraine, with 65 pieces (making it the most comprehensive exhibition on modern art in Ukraine held in the UK) across painting, sketches, collage and theatre design on display.

Look Back at Rankin's Work for Dazed at 180 Studios

Until 23rd June 2024
180 Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1EA

Roll back to the nineties at 180 Studios, which is looking back at a decade of Rankin’s work for Dazed magazine with the first UK retrospective of his work from 1991 – 2001. Across those ten years, Rankin, who co-founded and worked as Dazed & Confused’s first Photographic Editor, led over 200 editorial shoots and the Back in the Dazed exhibition revisits some of those images. Throughout that period Rankin captured celebs, actors, supermodels, music icons, and Cool Britannia, and through the magazine, helped define the youth aesthetic of the 90s.

See the Early Life of Bob Marley at This Photography Exhibition

30th May - 19th June 2024
Muswell Hill Gallery, High Street, London

See Bob Marley like never before at the Through The Lens of Esther Anderson: Bob Marley: The Early Years exhibition at Muswell Hill Gallery. 20 rare and iconic photos of Marley, taken by filmmaker, activist, photographer and co-founder of Island Records Esther Anderson, in the early ’70s are on display at the show. Anderson worked closely with Marley at the time, so her work offers an intimate glimpse into his life before he became a superstar.

Dive Into a World of Birds at the Natural History Museum

24th May 2024 - 5th January 2025
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London

With Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre, the Natural History Museum is presenting an in-depth look into the long history and, often quite odd, character of the feathery vertebrates. The multi-sensory exhibition will have you fully immersed in the bird world – whether through touching a prehistoric egg or braving a whiff of stinky seabird eggs – as it was hundreds of millions of years ago, as it is today and how it’s projected to be decades from now.

Step Inside a Botanical Garden With The Butterfly Trail at Outernet

Until summer 2024
Outernet London, Charing Cross Rd, London

Hold a butterfly on the tip of your finger at this immersive botanical garden at Outernet London. Created in collaboration with Pixel Artworks, The Butterfly Trail is the world’s first mixed reality experience and it’s running on Outernet’s four-storey high, 16k wraparound screen. Using cutting-edge exhibition tech, The Butterfly Trail will take you through explorer Professor Peter Pelgrin’s Botanical workshop and inside his Glass House where you can interact with the space, release AR butterflies and trigger real-time animations using your smartphone.

David Bailey & Mary McCartney's Photographs Are on Display at Claridge's

Until 19th July 2024
Brook St, London W1K 4HR

Claridge’s ArtSpace, the gallery annexed to the Mayfair hotel, is hosting its first photography exhibition with Double Exposure: David Bailey & Mary McCartney. The show features work from two iconic photographers and brings them into dialogue for the first time. Spanning from the 1960s to the present day, a range of photographs and celebrity portraits from both Bailey and McCartney are on display, showcasing both their individual styles and shared visual language.

180 Studios Is Hosting the Largest Ever Exhibition of Art and Sound

23rd May - 28th September 2024
180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA

Immerse yourself in a world of sound at The Vinyl Factory – Reverb, a multimedia exhibition exploring the intersection of sound and art that’s the largest of its kind. The show at 180 Studios features pieces from over 100 artists and musicians across music, film, visual art and performance, including Es Devlin, Julianknxx, Virgil Abloh, Cecilia Bengolea, Jeremy Deller, William Kentridge, Jenn Nkiru, Hito Steyerl, and Gabriel Moses. Devon Turnbull has created a space to listen to unheard vinyl with ‘Hi-Fi Listening Room Dream No.1’, and ‘Amplified’ by Theaster Gates stands as a sonic installation by day and turns into a performance space by night, where shows will be recorded and pressed direct-to-disc. 100 vinyl records released by The Vinyl Factory, from the likes of Marina Abramovic, Nan Goldin, Grace Jones, Mica Levi, Yussef Dayes, Es Devlin, Fred Again, Thom Yorke, Roxy Music, Massive Attack, Pet Shop Boys, Daft Punk, The xx, and Kojey Radical, will also be on display.

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) Is Back at Lightroom

17th June - Sun 6th October 2024
12 Lewis Cubitt Walk, London N1C 4DY

After opening new immersive art gallery Lightroom in King’s Cross, with David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away), the British artist is bringing his exhibition back to the venue. The show brings together 60 years of the artist’s work in a cycle of six themed chapters, alongside a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and commentary by Hockney himself. The experience will see the likes of ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’, ‘A Bigger Grand Canyon’ and other iconic pieces shape a theatrical exploration of Hockney’s career, from the 60s to the present day; LA to Yorkshire to Normandy.

Dive Into the Last Decades of Michelangelo at the British Museum

2nd May – 28th July 2024
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The British Museum is delving into the last three decades of Michelangelo’s life and career with a major new exhibition. Michelangelo: the last decades will examine how his art and faith evolved as he aged, how he redefined the iconography of religious art, and showcase works produced right up to his death at age 88 in 1564. The two-metre high ‘Epifania’, one of the largest Renaissance works on paper, will be on display for the first time since it underwent conservation work in 2018, and it is joined by his biographer Ascanio Condivi’s painting made from the drawing, bringing the two pieces together for the first time in over four centuries. A collection of drawings, including preparatory ones for the ‘Last Judgment’, not seen for nearly twenty years will also be on show alongside letters and poems written by the artist.

Check Out the Inaugural Exhibition at the Museum of Homelessness

24th May - 30th November 2024
Manor House Lodge, Seven Sisters Road, London

The Museum of Homelessness has officially moved into its new space in Finsbury Park and is launching its inaugural show, How to Survive the Apocalypse: Wisdoms from our Community. The immersive exhibition will be open every Friday and Saturday until the end of November and will draw upon the Museum’s experience of fighting at the front lines against issues such as record levels of homelessness, widening inequality, Brexit, a climate emergency, a pandemic, and a series of ongoing social and political crises. Vistors are told to expect and unconventional museum tour, in a conversational atmosphere, that’ll include performance, poetry, object handling and more.

The World Press Photo Exhibition Is Back in London

3rd - 24th May 2024
Borough Yards, Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD

After a seven-year break, The World Press Photo Exhibition is back in London with a show in Borough Yards. The photos displayed in the exhibition are all entrants in this year’s World Press Photo Contest, a competition that showcases the best photojournalism and documentary photography from around the world. Over 61,000 entries from photographers from 130 countries were submitted for the 2024 contest and the images on display at the exhibition will give people a chance to think about social, environmental, political and cultural topics outside of the news cycle and explore how visual stories help to tackle important global issues.

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